Mariinsky Orchestra 1

Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev | Yuja Wang

Prokofiev | Rachmaninoff | Stravinsky

Sat, 28.08. | 18.30 | No. 211319

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

Prices (CHF)

CHF 290 190 130 40


Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    Mariinsky Orchestra 1

    Mariinsky Orchestra | Valery Gergiev | Yuja Wang

    Valery Gergiev  conductor
    Yuja Wang  piano
    Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
    Four pieces from the ballet Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Petrushka. Ballet in four scenes (1911 version)

    Where is the music coming from? In Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka, it seems to emanate from everywhere – near and far, left and right, front and back; at the same time, all of the swirling melodies and rhythms mix into a breathtakingly crazy melange, as if at a fairground. And that is exactly where the scenario involving the Russian version of the hapless puppet Punch is set. In this score, Stravinsky opened the window wide in the direction of Modernism by blending the musical material as if in a free collage, jump-cutting from one texture to another – all this as far back as 1911! Sergei Rachmaninoff likewise shows an unusually modern aspect in his Fourth Piano Concerto, which will be performed by our “artiste étoile” Yuja Wang: he incorporated a number of jazz-like sounds into this score. At the beginning of this all-Russian evening with the Mariinsky Orchestra and its leader Valery Gergiev, we encounter Sergei Prokofiev at his finest, in four touching and exciting pieces from Romeo and Juliet, a ballet version of the world’s most famous love story.

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    Mariinsky Orchestra

    The Mariinsky Orchestra was founded in 1783 in St. Petersburg as a court orchestra during the reign of Catherine the Great. In the second half of the 19th century, the orchestra experienced a great boom under the direction of Eduard Nápravník. Its exceptional quality attracted musicians from all over the world, including such composers as Berlioz, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Rachmaninoff and star conductors like Hans von Bülow and Arthur Nikisch. Many milestones of the repertoire were premiered by the Mariinsky Orchestra, such as operas and ballets by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, and Khachaturian. In 1935, during Soviet times, the orchestra (along with its home, the Mariinsky Theater) was renamed the Kirov Orchestra (and the Kirov Theater) after a murdered Leningrad secretary of the Communist Party. Only after the collapse of the Soviet Union were the original names restored. Vladimir Dranishnikov, Ariy Pazovsky, Evgeny Mravinsky, Konstantin Simeonov, and Yuri Temirkanov were among the conductors who had a decisive impact on the Mariinsky Orchestra in the 20th century. Since 1988, the orchestra has been led by Valery Gergiev, who has significantly expanded the repertoire and brought into the spotlight such previously ignored composers as Stravinsky, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Henze, Shchedrin, Gubaidulina, and Kancheli. Above all, Gergiev regularly leads his musicians on performances all over the world, including at the major festivals and in the most significant music capitals. Since 2009, the orchestra has been releasing CDs on its own record label, “Mariinsky.”

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 2000 in works by Bartók, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky/Ravel conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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    Valery Gergiev

    Born in Moscow in 1953, Valery Gergiev studied at the Leningrad Conservatory with Ilya Musin and rose to international prominence in 1977 as a prize-winner at the Karajan Competition in Berlin. In the following year, he began his association with the Kirov Opera, now the Mariinsky Theater, where he debuted with Prokofiev’s War and Peace. Gergiev was appointed its Artistic Director in 1988 and, in 1996, General Director; associated with this post is also directorship of the Stars of the White Nights and New Horizons festivals. He has given guest performances with the Mariinsky ensemble in Japan, China, Israel, the USA, and many European music centers. In 2006, he inaugurated a new concert hall in St. Petersburg built especially for the Mariinsky Orchestra; a second new opera house was opened in 2013. Valery Gergiev made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1994, which engaged him as Principal Guest Conductor from 1997 to 2008. During this period he also helmed the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, from 1995 to 2007, and from 2007 to 2015 he held the principal position with the London Symphony Orchestra. Since 2015, Gergiev has served as Principal Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, with which he made a recording of the complete Bruckner symphonies, which was released in 2020. As a guest conductor, he has led the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics; and the Royal Concertgebouworkest. He made his Bayreuth Festival debut in 2019 with Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Gergiev is chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and director of the Moscow Easter Festival. In his home country, he has been awarded the Shostakovich Prize and the title Russian People’s Artist. He has been a UNESCO Artist for Peace since 2003 and in 2006 received the Polar Music Prize and the Karajan Music Prize.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 20 August 1999 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in works by Kancheli and Beethoven.

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    Yuja Wang

    Yuja Wang is making her mark on the 2021 Summer Festival in Lucerne as “artiste étoile.” Born in Beijing in 1987, the pianist began her training at the age of six. She first studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in her native city and subsequently, at the age of 14, moved to Canada to study at the Mount Royal College in Calgary; a year later, she transferred to Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she received her concert diploma in 2008. Yuja Wang made her debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2003. This was followed by performances in the USA with the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, Yuja Wang has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre de Paris, Filarmonica della Scala, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In the early summer of 2021, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as Richard Strauss’s Burleske with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons. She played Mozart’s D minor Concerto with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival in July and subsequently on tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under Gustavo Gimeno. Yuja Wang enjoys a long-standing collaboration with violinist Leonidas Kavakos; the pair have recorded the Brahms sonatas on CD. Most recently, in the spring of 2020, she released her account of John Adams’s new piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, which she had premiered a year earlier with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. Musical America magazine named Yuja Wang its Artist of the Year in 2017.

    Lucerne Festival debut in August 2009 performing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.

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    Introduction to the Concert | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium 
    with Malte Lohmann (in German)

    The auditorium opens 30 minutes before the start of the introduction. Due to the current situation as well as the requirements of the Federal Covid regulation, the number of seats is limited.